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The Ground Our Sky

by Saariselka

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Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller The sub-genre of Ambient Americana is going from strength to strength because of releases like this.

Chuck Johnson's slide playing like a silvery spider web, whilst Marielle Jakobsons' voice and keyboards an ethereal cloud.

What this album offers is a genuine 'deep listening' experience, as blissful, meditative and compelling as its gorgeous cover image.

From the first note to the last, this is haunting, life-affirming music. Let it lift your spirit and carry you away. Favorite track: Into The Wind.
Philip Graham
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Philip Graham Each song sounds like a cathedral of sinuous, amplified wind currents. Favorite track: Horizons.
pads
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pads An incredibly beautiful album.
Bud Widdowson
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Bud Widdowson My Album Of The Year. I am a sucker for pedal steel in my ambient music and this one has just the right balance. Favorite track: Into The Wind.
~ Selaroda ~
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~ Selaroda ~ Lovely blissful ambient music from this Oakland duo who also both make wonderful solo work. This album is a real gem, a mellow melange of tranquil keys, luscious pedal steel, and some gorgeous vocals on a couple of tracks. Highly recommended! Favorite track: Afterlight.
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There is an old Norse myth that says the great northern glaciers stored energy until they burst with fluorescent light, creating the Aurora Borealis. Saariselka is inspired by the meeting of earth and light, where slowly moving land masses merge with enveloping light fields. This sonic collaboration between composers Marielle Jakobsons (Fender Rhodes, organ, synthesizers) and Chuck Johnson (pedal steel guitar and treatments) is as expressive as it is enigmatic.

On their debut album, The Ground Our Sky, a kind of new ambient Americana is unearthed and explored. The respectively singular artistry of Jakobsons (who previously cofounded the beguiling Date Palms) and Johnson collectively craft a universe of remarkable resonance. It is a vibrant, seemingly infinite sway of sounds that exists unmoored in time and space.

The Ground Our Sky gets its lift by pondering the universe not while staring up at the sky, but rather down at the ground – gazing into the earth, where we are all individually and collectively a meeting of the ground and the sky. This inverted perspective is at the heart of Saariselka’s music. That feeling of becoming ungrounded is universal and inevitable – and increasingly necessary to seize those rare opportunities for meaningful changes in perspective.

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released October 18, 2019

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